Strawberry plants grow and run low to the ground. The plants produce their best harvests when they have nutritious soil, generous feedings and bright sun. Strawberry plants also require good drainage, and they thrive in raised growing situations. You can use a wood pallet to raise your strawberry plot.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Organic compost
- Shovel/garden fork
Start strawberries in early spring, just after the last frost. Elevated situations like wood pallets mean that you don't have to wait for the ground to thaw, though strawberry seedlings do best with warm air temperatures.
Set two or three wood pallets in areas with bright, all-day sunshine. Strawberries require full sun for blooming and fruit production. The plants also require adequate spacing, so use multiple pallets for more growing space.
Mix organic compost and topsoil in equal parts as your growing foundation. Pour this mixture into the pallets, and pack soil into the openings. Pour more soil over the top of the pallets until they're full, and the soil level sits 2 to 3 inches above the top of the pallets. This provides an elevated, quick-draining plot with plenty of soil for growing. Mix 6-24-24 granular fertiliser into the top layer of soil for quicker rooting.
Plant strawberries in the open rows of the pallets. Use rows at every 36 inches on the pallets to give the plants room to grow. Put the strawberries in holes just deep enough for their root balls, so the crowns sit at soil level after planting. Give each seedling 15 inches in the row.
Water the strawberries with 2 inches of water every week. Use 2 inches of organic mulch between plantings and between rows to keep the soil moist and warm.
Give strawberries granular 12-12-12 fertiliser one month after planting, per manufacturer directions. This feeding encourages fruit budding and future productions.
Tips and warnings
- Strawberries produce fruit in their second season, and may produce fruit up to five seasons with good care.
- Use clean, fresh soil for strawberries to eliminate weed growth. Don't take soil from your garden, because it may contain weeds, pests or disease.
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